Teen archer works toward Olympic dream
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A 15-year-old girl staying in Carson Valley hopes to qualify for the 2020 Olympics.
TaraRose Lee hails from Idaho, but she and her mother are staying here while she prepares for the first round of Olympic Trials in Dublin, Ohio, Aug. 15-16, according to her mother, Suzanne.
TaraRose has been a competitive archer since she was 9 years old, starting out with a compound bow and the switching over to an Olympics-style recurve.
She and her mother travel all over the country to participate in events and preparation for the Olympics is no exception.
“We travel all the time from one end of the country to the other,” Lee said. “It’s hard to get her from one place to another.”
There are four separate trials, where TaraRose will have to qualify in the top 16 shooter to qualify for the U.S. team.
“Not a lot of people know archery is a sport in the Olympics,” she said. “But it is a booming sport with kids and adults.”
She said that TaraRose is self-taught on the bow.
“Every town we go to always has a shop we work with,” she said. “TaraRose has never had a coach and she tries to learn everywhere she goes.”
Lee said they’ve received financial help from the Elks.
Trying out for the Olympics is an expensive prospect, Lee said, including covering equipment, traveling and ongoing costs.
This year, TaraRose took first place at the Idaho State Indoor Championships and second places in two other tournaments.
In 2017, she was 13th in the World Championships in Las Vegas, according to her mother.